August 28, 2014 14:39
Scott Walker, the guy who took collective bargaining rights away from most public workers in Wisconsin, is at it again.
Walker, who is in a tough re-election fight to keep his job, is performing strong armed-tactics using healthcare to extort concessions from fire fighters.
Fire fighters and police were exempted from the egregious plot to divide workers in Wisconsin three years ago that and which resulted in workers no longer having a strong voice at the negotiating table as a part of the pass... [More]
August 26, 2014 15:10
Tech industry giant Microsoft has cut ties with the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) and is no longer funding the organization.
Microsoft was a member of ALEC’s Communications and Technology Task Force. It has been reported that Microsoft left because of ALEC’s effort to block the development of renewable energy.
Other big technology companies such as Google, eBay, Facebook and Yahoo still belong to ALEC.
Founded in 1973, ALEC supports free market principles and courts... [More]
August 14, 2014 09:55
The IAFF is very concerned about an Internet trend growing among teens setting themselves on fire and posting the acts on YouTube.
Several fire departments are seeing “Fire Challenge” cases where a young person voluntarily applies flammable liquid on the body and then sets themselves on fire. The act is filmed and posted to YouTube and Facebook.
One teenage boy in Buffalo, NY died from his injuries.
As fire fighters and paramedics, we know burn safety should be taken seriously.
August 4, 2014 15:16
In North Carolina, a friend of the Koch Brothers is using his money to influence state policies – and not for the better.
Art Pope, North Carolina’s state budget director, is using his family’s money to push a pro-business agenda in North Carolina.
Keep an eye on Pope as he tries to change the political dialogue in the state to craft the vision he wants. Pope not only is the state budget director, but also serves as a top adviser to Governor Pat McCrory. Pope and his allies h... [More]
June 24, 2014 09:42
Good action deserves recognition.
And we would like to acknowledge Kaiser Permanente for deciding it will no longer buy furniture treated with flame retardants.
This is a big decision – albeit a right one. And we hope other businesses would follow the example set by this health system company.
Kaiser Permanente’s new furniture standard specifies that upholstered furniture in new or remodeled buildings should not contain added fire retardant chemicals. Kaiser Permanente spends roug... [More]
June 20, 2014 15:48
The spotlight continues to grow on the billionaire Koch Brothers and their negative influence on American democracy.
Recently, Rolling Stone published a list of ways the Koch Brothers are “sticking it” to America, and it includes trying to break unions.
Though the magazine’s headline is a bit of a misnomer describing the Koch Brothers’ efforts to break unions as new – the IAFF and fire fighters everywhere know unions and workers have been battling the extreme ideo... [More]
June 20, 2014 14:13
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The Supreme Court issued a decision recently that bolsters First Amendment protections for public employees. The case is captioned Lane v. Franks, and it was a unanimous decision.
In this case, Edward Lane, the plaintiff, testified at a criminal trial regarding an in... [More]
June 11, 2014 16:22
Written by IAFF Health and Safety Staff
The IAFF Honor Guard and Massed Pipe & Drum Band continues to grow with more than 900 members participating in the annual Fallen Fire Fighter Memorial ceremony in Colorado Springs, Colorado. To maintain the solemnity of the ceremony and to ensure the quality of the band, new ground rules have been established. These ground rules also address some concerns that have arisen over the years.
As an IAFF Union Memorial, all members of the honor... [More]
June 11, 2014 11:39
South Carolina governor Nikki Haley has got it wrong again.
The dreadful leader has vetoed a public safety bill that would create a brand new fire station in the historic community of Murrells Inlet Garden City (located 10 miles south of Myrtle Beach).
The land for a new fire station has been cleared and there is enough money to construct the facility. Unfortunately, the governor is misleading the public about the fire initiative. She is using “smoke and mirrors”, takin... [More]
June 3, 2014 16:07
As fire fighters battle politicians to protect their retirement plans and benefits, rich billionaires keep getting financial breaks.
The Center for Media and Democracy reports the charitable wing of billionaire David Koch’s Americans for Prosperity has spent nearly $900,000 on political ads for Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker’s re-election campaign. It is not known if Koch himself or if a group of his wealthy donor friends made contributions for the ads, however, we do know whoever ... [More]